Which of the 5 Skin Types are You?

We all have special skin types that are caused by various factors such as age, location, diet, genetics, etc. More often than not, we go through trying recommended products without considering the uniqueness of our skin type. The biggest mistake we can make is fitting our skin to a product, instead of finding a product that fits our skin. If the path to healthy skin is a proper skincare routine, then the key to that path is knowing your unique skin type. 

There are five different skin types that range from normal to sensitive. Each skin type has its unique qualities and requires special care. 

Normal Skin

This skin type is often never too dry or too oily. Persons that have this skin type usually have smaller pores, rarely any breakouts or blemishes, and no irritation or sensitivity. Because of their low sensitivity, persons with normal skin can use products with added fragrance. While it’s important to manage a skincare routine, normal skin types may not need to exfoliate as often as other skin types.

Combination Skin

People with this skin type will have a combination of dry and oily areas on the skin. Oftentimes, the T-zone area (forehead, nose, and chin) will produce more oil, while other parts of the skin will be dry or normal. You will notice that your skin will be shinier and contain more blemishes and larger pores in the T-zone area. Those with this skin type must pay extra attention to exfoliating more in the T-zone area and using oil-free products, as well as finding the right moisturizing products. 

Oily Skin 

Those with oily skin types tend to suffer from enlarged pores, shinier complexions, and frequent blemishes and blackheads on the entire face. This is because their skin is dehydrated, which causes it to produce more oil (sebum) than normal skin types. Those that have oily skin must ensure to always wash their face 2 times a day with a non-stripping cleanser. Contrary to popular beliefs, oily skin types must moisturize to ensure that their skin does not need to produce more sebum. Those with oily skin types would also need to exfoliate 2-3 times a week, and use products that are oil-free and nonclogging (or ‘noncomedogenic’).

Dry Skin

Unlike normal skin types, dry skin types have a harder time maintaining moisture. You may find that your skin feels tighter than normal, shows dry patches, and feels more sensitive. Dry skin types often suffer from rough texture and fine lines.

Those with dry skin must pay attention to products that add hydration to the skin. It is also important to ensure that your body maintains a consistent level of hydration. Drinking more water, and using moisturizers with added hyaluronic acid and ceramides can help these skin types.

Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin types are easily irritated and will experience redness, itching, burning or extreme dryness. You may realize that strong products or added fragrances will create irritations or rashes on the skin. 

Allergic reactions to certain chemicals or fragrances can trigger breakouts for sensitive skin types. Before using a product, it is good to test a patch of the skin first. It is also recommended to find ‘hypoallergenic’ products.


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